This meal definitely falls under the label “cardiac delight” — a more palatable term for meals that can send you straight to the ER.
It all began with a trip to the grocery story. I found something I’ve never seen at Stop & Shop before: slices of pork belly! I decided right there and then to make lechon kawali.
2 lbs pork belly slices
laurel leaf (optional)
Mang Tomas lechon sauce or Malaysian sweet and spicy dip
Place pork belly in salted water with peppercorns. Cook until tender (about 1 to 2 hours, pierce with fork to check). Take out of water. Set it aside to “drain” (about 2 hours, otherwise it’ll splatter a lot when you fry it). Heat cooking oil in a pan, enough to deep fry the pork. Place the pork in the oil. Cover to avoid painful splatter (I’m speaking from experience here). Fry for about 15-20 minutes.
The coconut rice was very easy to make. I found several recipes online but I didn’t like some of the ingredients (cinnamon stick? maybe next time). So I just followed your recipe:
2 cups of white rice
2 cups of chicken broth
1 1/2 cups of coconut milk
I just put everything in the rice cooker. Et voila! Fragrant and delicious coconut rice.